Outdoor Hour Challenge – Garden Flowers #5 Learning the Leaf Parts

Read and then view the illustration in the Handbook of Nature Study on page 457. This is information for you as the parent/nature guide so you’ll have the proper names for each part of the leaf. Try to use the vocabulary when you’re out observing flowers this week as part of your outdoor time.

See the original challenge: Garden Flowers and Plants #5-Learning the Leaf Parts/Collecting Leaves.

Draw some leaves in your nature journal. As you draw your leaves, make sure to use the proper names for each part of the leaf so your child will begin to learn the vocabulary in a natural way.

leaf rubbings

You could also include leaf rubbings if you have younger children.

Leaf press

Bonus activity: Add some leaves to your flower press!


leaf parts

You can use some of your outdoor time this week planting seeds, looking at sprouts from seeds you previously sowed a few weeks ago, and looking at different shapes of leaves.

Here’s a video I created showing how I draw some simple leaves: Tips for Drawing Leaves.

Here’s a link to the Leaf Parts Outdoor Hour Challenge in the archives: Collecting Leaves.

Gardens ebook Outdoor Hour challenge

We’re continuing to work through the Garden Flower and Plants ebook over the next few weeks. If you own this ebook or have access to it in your Ultimate Naturalist Library, you’ll want to get it out and read the first few pages that outline how the ten week series of garden challenges work together and can be done in any order that makes sense to your family. The ebook has planning pages as you choose, observe, and then learn more about each garden flower you study.

If you’d like to purchase a membership so you have all of the challenges at your fingertips and the custom notebooking pages too, click over to read all the details and download a sample: Garden Flower and Plant Challenges.

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